As the season goes on, each Big Ten team’s bowl prospects gets a little clearer.
Right now, Ohio State is seen as the league’s strongest playoff contender, though Michigan and Wisconsin are on the move.
ESPN’s Mark Schlabach and Brett McMurphy updated their bowl projections after this past week’s results. Both have Ohio State playing in the national championship game. Michigan is seem as another College Football Playoff team by Schlabach, though he and McMurphy have different thoughts on the Big Ten’s Rose Bowl team.
Here’s the breakdown:
Ohio State: College Football Playoff vs. Louisville (Schlabach)/CFP vs. Alabama (McMurphy)
Michigan: CFP vs. Alabama/Rose Bowl vs. Washington
Wisconsin: Rose Bowl vs. Stanford/Cotton Bowl vs. Houston
Michigan State: Outback Bowl vs. Georgia/Holiday Bowl vs. UCLA
Nebraska: Citrus Bowl vs. Ole Miss/Outback Bowl vs. Florida
Iowa: Holiday Bowl vs. Colorado/Citrus Bowl vs. Arkansas
Maryland: Quick Lane Bowl vs. Georgia Tech/Music City Bowl vs. Georgia
Indiana: Music City Bowl vs. Auburn/Quick Lane Bowl vs. Georgia Tech
Penn State: Pinstripe Bowl vs. Virginia Tech/Foster Farms Bowl vs. Arizona State
Minnesota: Foster Farms Bowl vs. Arizona State/Pinstripe Bowl vs. Pitt
Rutgers: NO BOWL
Northwestern: NO BOWL
Illinois: NO BOWL
Purdue: NO BOWL
The two ESPN experts see 10 Big Ten teams making a bowl game this season. Right now, there’s more drama at the top of the league as the four teams not expected to make a bowl have a mighty climb to make if they want to become bowl eligible.
Though Ohio State is seen as the Big Ten’s best right now, this Saturday’s Michigan-Wisconsin game will bring clarity to the league’s outlook when it comes to sending two teams to the CFP. And then there’s Nebraska, which is undefeated and ranked No. 15 after starting the season unranked.